The Hashemite kingdom of Jordan is a spectacular country and tourist destination. Neighbouring Israel, it was an integral part of the “Holy Land” in antiquity. If you wish to explore Jordan in-depth, and especially from a Biblical and archaeological perspective, we could offer you the following itinerary –
Day 1 – Wadi Rum
Upon reaching Wadi Musa, go for the Petra Night Tour.
Day 2 – Petra
This day is all devoted to exploring Petra!. We start with a long and dramatic walk along the Siq up to the Al-Khazneh (English for – The Treasury), and continue into the ancient city with its fascanating monuments!.
Day 3 – Tomb of Aharon
On our last day in Petra we will go for a long hike to the alleged Tomb of Aaron (“Jabel Haroun”), and Umm el-Biyara, learning about Biblical traditions in the vicinity of Petra.
Day 4 – Ma’in Hot Springs
Checking out we will visit “Ayn Musa” (“Moses’ Spring”) in Wadi Musa, and then head north. Our first stop will be the remarkable remains of the Mediavel castle of Shobak. Next we will descend to the area of the Dead Sea where we visit Lot’s Cave, and nearby explore the ruins of Numeirah and Bab Edh-Dhra which possibly relate to Biblical Sodom and Gomorrah. Nearby is also Kh. Qazone which bears a mysterious cemetery from the first Century.
At the end of the day we can for a swim at Ma’in Hot Springs, where we will also stay for the night.
O/N: Ma’in Hot Springs.
Day 5 – Mount Nebo
We first drive into Madaba and explore some of its fantastic finds from the Byzantine period, and especially the famous Madaba Map.
Next we ascend to the top of Mount Nebo where we will learn about Moses, and appreciate the remarkable collection of ancient mosaic floors. In front of the church one can also get a SPECTACULAR panorama of the Promised Land, the Land of Israel.
Day 6 – Machaerus
Our first stop today will be one of the most important sites in Christian history – Machaerus, the site where John the Baptist was executed, as a result of Saloma’s 7 scarfs dance..
Next we will drive to former capital of the Moabites, Dibon, where we will learn about the famous Mesha Stele. Nearby we will visit another sites famed for its plethora of mosaic floors – Umm Ar-Rasas. Finally we will head for a stayover in the capital of Jordan – Amman.
Day 7 – Amman
The morning will be devoted to exploring the ancient Citadel of Amman, as well as a visit to the The Jordan Museum, where one can see the famed Copper Scroll!.
O/N: Amman or Jerash.
Day 8 – Jerash
On our last day we will explore two significant and se very well preserved sites from Roman times – Gerasa and Gadara. From Gadara we will also be able to view into Syria, the Golan Heights, and the Sea of Galilee.
We will then head to the King Hussein Bridge, to cross back into Israel. If time and will permits, we will also visit ancient Pella.